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It’s been a busy summer, but I’m not complaining. The Hermit Thrush haven’t scooted south yet, the sun still warms my skin. Maybe I wish I had a little more time, but who doesn’t?

I’ve been hard at work on final edits on my YA fantasy “Fairless.”  I participated on a Twitter pitch fest a few weeks ago and now I have an editor over at Entangled Publishing waiting to read it. Yay, me!

If you have a finished story, whether it’s YA, MG or Adult in any genre ready to pitch, you really need to head over to brenda-drake.com. She’s hosting a Pitch Wars. Here’s the deets:

“What is Pitch Wars? Is it another contest? Oh, no, it’s so much better. Pitch Wars is a contest where published/agented authors, editors, or industry interns choose one writer each, read their entire manuscript, and offer suggestions to shine it up for agents. The mentors also critique the writer’s pitch to get it ready for the agent round. Writers send applications (query and first chapter of manuscript) to the four mentors that best fit their work. The mentors then read all their applications and choose the writer they want to mentor for the next two months. Then we hold an agent round with over a dozen agents making requests.”

Pretty cool, right? And once the Pitch Wars are done, they have an agent round to be held November 3-4 where you can pitch that polished, dandy manuscript to an agent/editor and maybe, hopefully, find publication! Yay, us!

In the meantime, I’m also working on shifting blogs from wordpress to my author site at  www.suebahr.com.  Time to make more time.  It looks like this site, but to “follow” my blog and receive my posts, you need to enter your email and subscribe.

I hope you are all enjoying these wonderful days of Summer. I hope you are smiling, reading, swimming, writing and loving on your families.

I wish you all the best!

Sue

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Wonderful Writerly Wednesdays…

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Most of you know I’m planning on doing Nanowrimo this year. That’s a tall order for a little noodle  like me, but I can’t help it. I love the invisible structure, the almost-achievable goals and the insanity that is all things Nano.

No, I don’t haunt the forums. And writer buddies? I’ve never had one before, so I don’t know how that works. All I know is the act of sitting in a chair with a laptop, an outline and word goal makes for some mad and crazy writing.

Last year was easy. I wrote a historical romance called “The Guardian.” What a blast tormenting those two poor souls! The year before, I wrote a ya fantasy called “Fairless.” Now that was a different beast. I dove in, sans outline, thinking What could go wrong?

What indeed.

Flash forward two years and I’m still plowing through character deficiencies and plot holes. Forget about pacing and structure. And where did I put that Smidgeon? Isn’t he important? So why did he suddenly vanish on page 43?

This year is another ya with fantasy elements. No way I am gonna wing it. This creature’s getting plotted  BEFORE I sit down to write. But where to start?

I’d heard of the book How to Write a Novel Using the Snowflake Method (Advanced Fiction Writing Book 1) by Randy Ingermanson and was curious. I downloaded it  onto my Kindle and dug in. What an awesome book! I’m neither a plotter nor a panster, so this ten step method is perfect for me. I loved creating the outline so organically. My favorite step ? Describing your target audience.

Who is going to read this book and why?

Wanna hear mine? Sure you do, you’ve read this far!

“Lisa” is 17, a Junior in high school. She wishes she could write and do something as crazy as Nano, but she knows she can’t. She tries and gets bored. Let others do the work. She’ll enjoy the read. She wants contemporary adventure. Give her a strong female lead and a swoon-worthy boy. Give them huge obstacles and mostly? Give her a twist she doesn’t expect. Outsmart her. Keep her on her toes.

There. That’s the gist of “Lisa”.

When I  sit down early Saturday morning to begin writing this beast I call “Drift”, my outline handy and two chocolate bars unrwapped and ready to go, you can bet your sweet bippidy I’m going to have Lisa in mind every step of the way.

So, who’s your target person? Care to share?

Cheers to all of you-

Sue

Pale legs and mismatched socks…

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 I’m too old for these shoes, or so I”ve been told. But I am who I am. 

Pale legs and mismatched socks and all.

So, let’s get all the shameless self-promotion out of the way first. My last post revealed I have no qualms begging for readers. For consistency’s sake, here are the links to my wattpad account:

http://www.wattpad.com/story/22556779-fairless

http://www.wattpad.com/story/22613860-summoned

 

Get used to it. You’ll probably see them again.

 

Now that you’re all caught up, we can resume discussing the topic at hand. Which is just how in hell do you find readers? Where are they?  You know, the ones who love to curl up with a good book and a glass of wine and they’re NOT thinking…

hmmm, this sentence structure is weak. And the character bites her lip over and over again… and what’s with that description. Do eyes really “flick”?

How do we cultivate readers who read for the love of reading and expect nothing in return except entertainment?

I’ll be honest. I don’t know.

But I do know I’m asking the right question. Because the search for the elusive reader is important. Bag one and you can build a base. Bag a dozen and you’ve got momentum. (Maybe I should quit using this metaphor. It’s creeping me out.)

Like the photo of my little feet, I suspect brutal honesty is involved. Be yourself. Be transparent. Build relationships. And most of all, honor the reader by only submitting the best material you’ve got.

So… care to share your thoughts?

Cheers!

Sue

Heaving a sigh…

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 Don’t ya just love it? Pic taken by moi, cover design by my uber-talented daughter.

 

So, I’ve finally launched my story(ies) into the cyber world. Uploaded first chapters for two of my WIPs on Wattpad. Hit the publish button and heaved a sigh. What could go wrong, right? So, what am I really afraid of?

They say you should use lists when writing a post. Since “they” know best, here is my answer, properly formatted of course.

1) Nasty comments. Made snarkier by teens who don’t get my characters. Or story. Or any point I’m trying to make.

2) No comments. As in no one is reading my stuff. As in it has no value to this crowded, crazy world. Really. This is a big issue for me. How sad is that?

3) Too many comments. As when it goes viral and suddenly I am signing autographs, and flying to California or ComicCon or whatever the hell it’s called, leaving my family sitting at the dinner table, forks in hand saying something like,  What’s for dinner? Did mom go somewhere? 

4) I think  three issues are enough. Don’t want to appear too desperate when I give you links to visit my site and read my chapters and leave a comment. Not that I’m asking.

 

http://www.wattpad.com/story/22613860-summoned

http://www.wattpad.com/story/22556779-fairless

 

Okay, I’m asking.